Kinne to join Denton football staff

Denton High head football coach Kevin Atkinson was looking for coaches with experience to add to his staff heading into his third season with the Broncos. Experience is not something Gary Joe Kinne is short on.

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FRISCO — After Hunter Dozier doubled to deep center field in the top of the fifth inning, it wasn’t hard to spot his 100 or so supporters behind the first-base dugout.

Water polo: Denton teams await UIL decision

When the Denton school district’s water polo program was created in 1999, coach Chris Cullen and his teams struggled, to say the least.

Baseball: Denton’s Dozier promoted to Double-A

When former Denton standout Hunter Dozier hit the beach during the Carolina League’s All-Star break, he was planning on returning to his minor-league baseball club in Wilmington, Delaware, after the break.

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Derek Thompson to coach football, basketball at Denton

Derek Thompson knew that if he didn’t play football beyond his days at North Texas he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and coach on the high school level.

Baseball: Coach of the year

Tim Tadlock felt like he had reached a crossroads in his coaching career in 2005.

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Baseball: Pitchers’ go-to guy

Skip Johnson’s ability to teach people how to throw a baseball 60 feet, 6 inches has impacted where youngsters have gone to college, turned college pitchers into major-leaguers and helped turn professional pitchers into millionaires.

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Soccer: Broncos’ new coach ready to inject a winning attitude

From the first summer workout to the last game of the season, Denton’s Ryan Dunlevy has cultivated a winning attitude and a family atmosphere with his energy and expectations.

Baseball: Youthful approach

Playing baseball in the street is all Denton’s Nick Buck would ever look forward to as a 5-year old kid.

Softball: Sanger trio highlights all-district selections

The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.

Boys soccer: Denton’s Heffley ready to retire from coaching

Through some down years and Denton’s recent run of success, coach Scott Heffley has seen the boys soccer team lose and regain its grasp on the fundamentals.

Football: Broncos exercise competitive spirit

Less than a minute into the second half of Denton’s spring game at Bronco Field, wide receiver Key’andre Hearvey was tagged with an offensive pass interference penalty and fell to his knees in disbelief.

Football: Broncos’ growth to be on display

Propagating timber bamboo is how Denton head coach Kevin Atkinson sees the growth of his football team and with today’s spring game celebrating the Broncos development; it’s also time to see some tangible maturation.

Beer, Ellis named year’s top athletes

When Monday night was over and the Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet was done, several area athletes and others in the community were recognized for their achievements on and off the field last season.

Seven Broncos sign letters of intent

Seven athletes from Denton High School signed national letters of intent Friday, including three in football, two from the girls basketball team and one each from baseball and water polo.

Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet set for Monday

Mitch Gaylord, a member of the gold medal-winning United States men’s gymnastics team at the 1984 Olympics, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Greater Denton Sports Commission awards banquet on Monday.

Soccer: Alspach named 11-4A MVP

A year removed from winning the Class 4A state championship, the Guyer girls soccer team fell short of repeating in 2014 but still was well represented on the All-District 11-4A team.

Water polo: Denton boys place second at regional

The Denton boys competed this weekend in the TISCA North Region tournament, where they took second place, with Thomas Hyvarinen earning MVP honors and Michael Adami earning a spot on the all-tournament first team.

Football: Spring practice brings mixed agendas

With the Guyer, Denton and Lake Dallas football teams beginning spring practice, evaluation and strength building are on their coaches’ minds.

Track and field: Guyer girls win regional track crown

Six Guyer athletes won events Saturday at the Class 4A Region I track meet to help lead the Wildcats to respective first- and second-place finishes in the girls and boys team standings.

Track and field: Norton wins 3,200, earns state berth

Guyer’s Devin Norton became the first local athlete to punch a ticket to next week’s UIL state track and field meet, winning the girls 3,200 meters at the Class 4A Region I meet at Abilene’s McMurry University on Friday.

Track & field: Broncos sending much larger contingent

If you ask Denton coach Justin Schuff, the true mark of an established athletic program is how a team performs at its district track meet. After sending just one athlete to regionals last season, this year at the District 5-4A meet the Denton boys qualified eight in six events for the Class 4A Region I meet in Abilene at McMurry. Schuff attributed the jump in success to the commitment of seniors Ke’Von Buris and Maurice Wharton as well as an infusion of talented underclassmen.

Girls basketball: Denton hires Ryan’s Taylor as head coach

After eight years at Ryan as an assistant coach, Erin Taylor has been selected as Denton’s next head girls basketball coach, replacing the retiring Dennis Krishka.

Baseball: Denton’s Harrison says goodbye to coaching

Don’t get too high or too low. That’s been one of Glen Harrison’s main mantras to success during his 28 years of coaching football and baseball.

Baseball: Broncos blast Brewer

Heading into the final inning Tuesday night, Denton starting pitcher Roman Arnold took on the mindset of a closer. He put the first six innings behind him and concentrated on the task at hand.

Girls basketball: Denton coach Krishka to retire

During 38 years of coaching, Denton’s Dennis Krishka took a different approach to the game of basketball. He established the framework of a team through several avenues, not taking the abrasive route of some of his mentors, while taking pride in his ability to build a program.

Baseball: Broncos walk off with win over Guyer

As soon as he reached the dugout in the middle of the seventh inning, Denton ace Roman Arnold walked up to coach Glen Harrison and asked if he could stay on the mound should the game go to extra innings.

Track and field: Guyer sweeps 5-4A team titles

LITTLE ELM — The Guyer track programs won’t be missed in the coming years by their District 5-4A foes. The Guyer boys took the District 5-4A title Tuesday at Little Elm Athletic Complex, winning their fifth straight team title as a 4A program, while the Guyer girls rolled to their seventh straight in Class 4A. The boys and girls won by 80 and 109 points, respectively.

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Track and field: Driven to succeed

A season ago at the regional track meet at McMurry University in Abilene, Denton’s April Pena did what was necessary to advance to the state track meet with a 5-feet, 6-inch effort in the high jump. Unfortunately for Pena, her competitor also achieved the same height a jump before her, which effectively eliminated her from qualifying for state.

Baseball: Falcons get past Broncos

CORINTH — It seemed overly complimentary at the time, but Lake Dallas coach John Tompkins insisted before Friday’s game that Denton was the best — and perhaps scariest — winless team he’d seen thus far.

Softball/baseball roundup: Lady Falcons blank Denton; Ryan falls to Marcus

CORINTH — Leading 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Lake Dallas erupted for eight runs in the frame to earn a 10-0 run-rule victory over Denton Friday.

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Boys soccer: Rider eliminates Denton

WICHITA FALLS — Battling swirling winds at Memorial Stadium for the second consecutive week, Denton had its chances against Wichita Falls Rider in the sectional round of the Class 4A playoffs Thursday.

Boys soccer: Denton looking for more in third round of playoffs

Two victories into their playoff crusade, the Denton boys are striving to find the correct formula.

Softball roundup: Lady Broncos beat Rider 4-3

Allie Shelton capped off a three-run rally in the seventh inning Friday night with a walk-off double as Denton defeated Wichita Falls Rider 4-3.

Boys soccer: Broncos advance on five-goal onslaught

WICHITA FALLS — Denton forward Feliciano Amaya’s memories of last season’s playoff letdown have been eating at him. So after scoring in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs and adding two goals Thursday against Wichita Falls Hirschi in Denton’s 5-0 area-round victory, he feels like he’s got the monkey off his back.

Soccer: Same trip awaits Guyer, Denton

If the Denton Broncos, Guyer Wildcats and Guyer Lady Wildcats are to advance in the playoffs, they will have to win at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium.

Boys soccer: Broncos eliminate Saginaw

FLOWER MOUND — After a disappointing conclusion to last season’s playoff run, the Denton Broncos showed they were ready for the spotlight this time around in their opening bi-district playoff game.

Boys soccer: Position change helps turn Broncos’ season around

Following a 3-0 loss to crosstown rival Ryan on Jan. 24, the Denton Broncos knew they needed to make a change.

Soccer: Playoffs begin today for four area teams

The Guyer Lady Wildcats will begin their defense of the Class 4A state championship tonight when the UIL state playoffs get underway.

Baseball roundup: Ryan falls to 0-4 in district

LEWISVILLE — After Ryan tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, Lewisville picked up a 4-3 walk-off win against the Raiders on Friday night to keep Ryan winless in District 5-5A play.

Baseball notebook: Raiders seek to improve

Before Ryan’s baseball team stepped onto the field for Thursday’s practice, coach Bret Warnack called one of the players into his office.

Softball: Wichita Falls drops Denton to 1-4 in district

In a matchup of teams with 1-3 District 5-4A records, Wichita Falls and Denton put runners on base only to see their pitchers snuff out each rally by not allowing the crucial, game-breaking hit.

Boys soccer: Broncos defeat Falcons, secure playoff berth

CORINTH — With a plenitude of playoff possibilities up in the air, the Denton Broncos entered Tuesday’s game against Lake Dallas knowing a win cemented a second-place finish in District 11-4A.

Football: Guyer fills positions with coaches sporting Denton ties

When Guyer’s football program lost two assistant coaches to head coaching jobs two weeks ago, the Wildcats had some voids to fill.

Soccer: Playoff berths up for grabs in district finales

A simple look at the current District 11-4A boys standings isn’t enough to determine which teams will be playing next week in the postseason and which ones will be sitting at home.

Baseball: Coyotes upend Broncos

A rally Denton worked all night to make happen ended in the blink of an eye.

Softball: Lady Wildcats overpower Denton

The Guyer Lady Wildcats don’t panic. They’ve trailed several times this season and have recovered for victories. So on Thursday night at Wildcat Field, when District 5-4A rival Denton took a significant chunk out of the Lady Wildcats’ armor with a three-run second inning, they were unfazed.

Baseball: Horton one-hits Denton

As a sophomore pitcher on Guyer’s junior varsity team a couple of years ago, Daulton Horton threw more than 115 pitches in each of his first three starts.

Softball: Lake Dallas earns first 5-4A win

Without their ace in the circle and coming off a 12-0 loss to Azle in their previous game, the Lake Dallas Lady Falcons were searching for defense and their first District 5-4A win.

Boys basketball: Ponder loads up 9-2A team

Judging by the way Ponder’s boys basketball season ended over the weekend in Austin, it’s no surprise to see the way the Lions were represented on the District 9-2A all-district team that was released Monday.